Thematic Group Leader Ainis LagzdiņšLatvia University of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Preparatory activities for reducing pollution with nutrients from agriculture and forestlands (A1 and A2 activities)

Actions A1 and A2 aim to prepare background information needed for the practical implementation of measures to reduce nutrient losses and transport from diffuse sources in agriculture and forestlands. The measures to be considered and investigated within this action can be furthermore divided into two categories based on the specific considerations for location and functionality – green infrastructure (GI) and rural sustainable drainage systems (RSuDS). GI can be described as a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services. RSuDS stand for individual or multiple structures designed, constructed and maintained to replicate natural retention processes in drainage systems by collecting, storing and improving the quality of water within agricultural and forested catchments.

During the initial phase of the LIFE GoodWater IP project inspection and assessment of potential sources of pollution with nutrients from agriculture (A1) and forestlands (A2) in the selected water bodies at risk will be performed. The potential sources of pollution will be identified based on water quality and quantity monitoring activities, as well as using relevant geospatial data. As the sources of nutrient losses will be identified and assessed, the practical recommendations and technical solutions for implementation of GI and reconstruction and maintenance of sustainable and environmentally friendly land drainage systems in agricultural areas and forestlands of the selected water bodies at risk will be elaborated. In addition, the assessment of economic and environmental aspects of implementation of GI scenarios for reducing pollution with nutrients in agricultural areas will be conducted.

The outcomes from the preparatory activities for reducing pollution with nutrients from agriculture and forestlands (A1 and A2 activities) will be utilized for planning purposes of the concrete implementation activities (C5 and C6 activities) during the later phases of the project.

Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: Green Infrastructure (GI) – Enhancing Europe’s Natural Capital, COM (2013) 249 final.